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1:57 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Luken, Winkler to battle for probate court judgeship

Ralph E. "Ted" Winkler (left) Charlie Luken (right)
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A showdown this fall between two of the most potent political names in Hamilton County is coming this fall when Democrat Charlie Luken takes on Repubican Ralph E. "Ted" Winkler for a probate court judgeship.

Both come from families with decades-long track records of winning elections in Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Luken - a former Cincinnati mayor and one-term congressman - filed petitions with the Hamilton County Board of Elections Tuesday to run for the probate court seat of Judge James Cissell, who can't run for re-election because of Ohio's judicial age limit law.

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Tracie Hunter
1:28 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Hunter faces another felony charge

A Hamilton County grand jury indicted juvenile court judge Tracie Hunter on a ninth count Tuesday, this one for misuse of a credit card.  Hunter was indicted on 8 other felony charges last week, including tampering with evidence, theft in office and forgery.  The Ohio Supreme Court ordered her off the bench until her criminal case is over.  She's scheduled to be in court Friday.

Here's what WVXU's Ann Thompson reported last Friday on the original indictments:

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Local News
11:20 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Sixty-two people to be dropped from voter rolls

Hamilton County Board of Elections
Howard Wilkinson

Sixty-two people will be stricken from the Hamilton County voter rolls because they did not respond to a board of elections letter challenging their voting addresses.

They include police officers, people who used postal service and private mail boxes, and some who voted from a motor coach association in Newtown.

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Answers In Genesis
4:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Developers believe: Noah’s Ark will happen

Mike Zovath, senior vice president of Answers in Genesis, stands by a model of the Ark Encounter theme park at his warehouse office in Hebron, Kentucky.
Marjorie Fox

2014 was supposed to bring the opening of a huge replica of Noah’s Ark in a theme park just off I-75 at Williamstown, Kentucky.  But the developers are having trouble raising funds.

The hundred acre site for the multi-million dollar version of Noah’s Ark is about a 40 miles south of Cincinnati. But all you can see on the hill-top site today are posts marking the perimeter of what promoters hope will be a wooden replica of the ark, three stories high and 500 feet long. That’s almost one and a half football fields.

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Education
6:16 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Further review: data-scrubbing case continues

The Ohio Department of Education is taking additional steps in the data-scrubbing case involving Cincinnati Public Schools and six other districts around Ohio.  The department announced Monday it will re-run Ohio Report Card information on the seven districts, which also include Winton Woods, and is referring the matter to its Office of Professional Conduct.

Auditor Dave Yost investigated the districts last year as he looked into scrubbing, or removing poor-performing students from the rolls to improve performance rankings.  

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